Judges 2

Israel’s Disobedience

1Now the angel of the  Lord went up from Gilgal to a  Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, b  ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2 c  and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; d  you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done? 3So now I say e  I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become f  thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” 4As soon as the angel of the  Lord spoke these words to all the people of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept. 5And they called the name of that place Bochim.
 Bochim means weepers
And they sacrificed there to the  Lord.

The Death of Joshua

6When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. 7 h  And the people served the  Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the  Lord had done for Israel. 8And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the  Lord, died at the age of 110 years. 9And they buried him within the boundaries of i  his inheritance in Timnath-heres, j  in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. 10And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the  Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.

Israel’s Unfaithfulness

11 k  And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the  Lord and served the Baals. 12 l  And they abandoned the  Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. m  They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and n  bowed down to them. o  And they provoked the  Lord to anger. 13They abandoned the  Lord p  and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14 q  So the anger of the  Lord was kindled against Israel, and he r  gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. s  And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies t  so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15Whenever they marched out, the hand of the  Lord was against them for harm, as the  Lord had warned u  and as the  Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.

The  Lord Raises Up Judges

16 v  Then the  Lord raised up judges w  who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17Yet they did not listen to their judges, for x  they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. y  They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the  Lord, and they did not do so. 18Whenever the  Lord raised up judges for them, z  the  Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. aa  For the  Lord was moved to pity by ab  their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. 19But ac  whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. 20 ad  So the anger of the  Lord was kindled against Israel, and he said, “Because this people ae  have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, 21 af  I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, 22in order ag  to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the  Lord as their fathers did, or not.” 23So the  Lord left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.

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